Predator sightings have been plentiful over the past two weeks!
The following leopards were seen over the last two weeks:
Emsagweni female The Emsagweni Female was seen mating with Airstrip Male. The two leopards killed a steenbok, and consumed it while mating intermittently.
Matshipiri Female and her daughter (1 year and 10 months) on impala kill
Two unidentified leopards
There was on old female found near split rock, as well as a young female who was found following the scent of the Bicycle Crossing male around Charleston North. A no ID male was seen on the Western Bank of the Sand River. This may be a leopard known as the Selati Male.
Hyena attack on Cape Hunting Dogs
Heading into mid winter, the dogs are looking for a place to den. We have caught them mating twice now. One morning, five hyenas running along the road led us to a pack of nine Wild Dogs that had killed a young male impala. One of the dogs suffered a nasty bite from a hyena when the hyenas chased the dogs off the remains of the kill. The image shows the open wound on the left side if his neck.
The last two weeks was loaded with lion and buffalo interaction. On at least three of these occasions, we had two prides of lions hunting different herds of buffalo at the same time. It’s been Malamala magic, with action-packed game drives leaving rangers and guests on an adrenalin high.
The Fourways pride, the Eyrefield pride and the Styx pride have been trying to kill buffalo from different herds simultaneously.
Rangers and guests saw the pride chasing buffalo on several occasions. One evening, the lions eventually grabbed hold of a young calf after trying many times to bring down the large dagga boys. We watched in awe from the river bed as the lionesses and sub-adults chased the buffalo along the ridge of the river bank.
The pride has been joined by another male of similar age to the eldest sub adult male. The six lions are a force to be reckoned with.
The pride has been hunting buffalo on a regular basis. One ranger saw the pride hunting four times in one week. They made a spectacular kill on Sunday morning – watch this space for more on this hunt…
This pride was seen for the first time in months.
Ranger – MalaMala Game Reserve
PLEASE NOTE: Animals on MalaMala are named after their territories. This means that (a) only the predators have been given names and (b) we only know the animals according to the names we have given them, as they are based on the territories within MalaMala’s boundaries.